Recently acquired by the Ward Library is the undergraduate diary for the calendar year 1858 of Herbert Mills Birdwood (1837–1907) who rose to be Puisne Judge of the High Court, Bombay (1885–92).  The family had strong Indian connections and indeed Herbert Mills was born there.  He was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the College […]

Isaac Barrow (1630–77) was admitted as a foundation scholar of Peterhouse in 1643, in the middle of the English Civil War. He did not stay long at the College, where his uncle and namesake had been a Fellow, but transferred to Trinity in 1646, and was elected a Fellow there in 1649. In 1655 he […]

The cataloguing project of the rare book collections in the Perne Library is now in its sixth and final year. More than three thousand electronic records have been created and added to the on-line library catalogue, with details about the existing editions and relevant information about individual copies. Along the way, the two cataloguers have […]

In December, the Cambridge Digital Library launched the presentation of a remarkable collection item from the Peterhouse modern archives.  The Whittle Power Jet papers chronicle the development of the turbo-jet engines of the Second World War.  The papers are largely made up of internal communications from within British Thomson-Houston, a company that played a critical […]

Introduction Peterhouse MS.270, is a breviary or small collection of liturgical texts according to the use of Sarum originating from the fourteenth century, probably from East Anglia.  In the recent catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Peterhouse, Rod Thomson describes it thus: “Beautifully written, probably by a single scribe, in formal gothic bookhand, with initials […]

Peterhouse is pleased to announce the publication of ‘A descriptive catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the library of Peterhouse, Cambridge’, prepared by Professor R.M. Thomson (author of our earlier post on the ‘Tremulous hand of Worcester’).  This is the first such catalogue since that of M.R. James (1899) and the first catalogue to modern […]

Of the volumes currently housed in The Perne Library at Peterhouse, more than a quarter were bequeathed to the College by its then Master Andrew Perne, at his death in 1589. The majority of these books were printed in the sixteenth century, and it is safe to assume that Andrew Perne (c. 1519 -1589) bought […]